By Emma Onumah
Christians have been enjoined not to seek for peace that would be dependent on their wealth and positions.
This injunction was given by the Archdeacon in-charge, New Owerri Archdeaconry, Anglican Diocese of Owerri, Ven. Paul Nwozuzu, who conducted and also preached at a Eucharistic service held at St. John’s (Anglican) Church, New Owerri, to mark the one-day Retreat, mounted for the Knights and Ladies of St. Christopher, Owerri Council, penultimate Saturday.
Ven. Nwozuzu, who is also the Acting Rector, Trinity College, Umuahia, challenged the Christ bearers to rather depend on peace that comes from God whom, he said, is the sole Rock and Pillar of our lives, adding that, they should receive peace, confidence, and assurance from God, who is always in-charge of their existence and problems.
Stipulating that “crushed spirit dries the bones”, and warning against arrogance and anxiety over what tomorrow would bring about, the clergyman solicited from them, complete obedience to God, taking the contents of the Holy Bible more serious, and holding nothing against their fellow human beings, as children of God.
During the Retreat, which was facilitated by Dame Stella Dike, one of the Council’s Chaplains, and also its Evangelism Secretary, with the two other Chaplains of the Council, Ven. Echi Nwogu and Rev. Canon Onyinyeoma Onyeagocha assisting, the retreatants gave varied definitions of the word peace, such as “Shalom”, super structure of ornaments, harmonious relationship between man and woman, calmness of mind, a state of stabilization, among other definitions.
The retreat, which was more or less an interactive session, attracted wondrous testimonies by some participants, and many Bible references, such as Galatians 5:22; Philippians 4:7; Psalms 29; I Corinthian 7:15; Jeremiah 29; Isaiah 53:5; Colossians 1:20; Isaiah 26:3; Isaiah 9:6; Romans 14:19 etc, the x-ray of which, among other issues, stressed the need for acknowledgement of one’s sin, and forgiveness of sins, to say “sorry” W apologise to someone for an offence, allowing the word of God to dwell in us, as a panacea to seek and pursue peace.
In his closing remarks, the President of the Council, Sir Gab Oduah, commended the retreatants, for their encouraging turn-out and effective participation.
The Council’s President also urged the Knights and Ladies, to always look up to God in all that they do, as God, he explained, never disappoints or owes His faithful, asking that, all the Knights and Ladies in Imo State and beyond, should be grateful to God for the victory of one of them, Sir (Chief) Emeka Ihedioha (Omenkahuruanya) in the recent gubernatorial election.
The President, who is also the President-General of the National Joint Council of Knights (JCK), used the occasion to announce that the 2019 Annual Chapter/General Meeting of the Owerri Council, earlier scheduled for 21st – 23rd February, 2019, has now been re-scheduled to hold from Friday, 5th to Sunday, 8th April, 2019.